Nacogdoches sub teacher accused of improper relationship

Jamar Ballard (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jamar Ballard (Source: Angelina County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD police have charged a substitute teacher accused of acting inappropriately with a high school student.

According to a press release from the school district, Jamar Kenta Ballard, 29, of Lufkin, is charged with second-degree improper relationship between an educator and student.

The investigation started Tuesday when a student told a staff member that Ballard had acted inappropriately.

"Any improper relationship between an educator and student is deplorable," said NISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes. "NISD fully supports this investigation. We have zero-tolerance for improper behavior between an educator and a student. Any adult who would break the trust of a child and pursue such a relationship should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Lufkin Police arrested Ballard on Thursday. He has since been transferred to the Nacogdoches County Jail.

NISD Police Chief Doug Ploch said the investigation continues and additional charges could be filed. records show Ballard to have a felony conviction for burglary. He was arrested by Smith County officials on Nov. 16, 2005. He received deferred adjudication on the charge, meaning his felony status went away once he served probation.

Angelina County Jail records show Ballard was arrested on Jan. 15, 2009, for misdemeanor charges of assault and criminal mischief on Dallas County warrants. Both of those charges were later dismissed.

According to Rayanne Schmid, the communications coordinator for NISD, Ballard had cleared background checks.

NISD has terminated Ballard's employment.

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